A 17-minute sepia kaleidoscope for you today, as Leeds’ A-Sun Amissa match the beauty, inter-layed textures and controlled menace of their music to a suitable visual counterpart.
Edited by Matty Ross & Richard Knox from a series of contorting pirouettes, 60s space travel, and exploding balls of light, the video for “You Stood Up For Victory, We Stood Up For Less (Part Two)” imagines a wonderful counterfactual history where Technicolor was never invented, where a spectrum of that most underrated color — beige — was enough for all of us, thank you very much.
And as A-Sun Amissa have long songs and long titles for those songs, they’ve inevitably been compared to Godspeed You! Black Emperor, a band that, like space travel, seems to feel at once slightly dated and constantly charged with new utopian potential.
But the length is just one dimension, and when the layers of sound build to trap that careening, desperate sax part, it’s clear we’re on some different territory entirely.